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July 10, 2019 / Heather

Book Update!

If you’ve been keeping up with me you know I’ve been working on a poetry book. If you’re just now joining us welcome aboard the ride.

The book will be a total of 227 poems.

Over last weekend I finished writing the last of the 227.

Also over the weekend a cover was officially made.

Monday I finished figuring out the order the poems would go in (spoiler, next time they’re going in the order I write them because hoooooly hell that was near 5 hours of random number picker).

Today my plan is to binge-watch Pushing Daisies while basically throwing everything together into the one file for the book.

Folks… All I have left is making everything one file and figuring out the formatting. And I’m kind of freaking out about it.

I’m close to the end of this project.

And I know what project will be after it because that’s a project those of you who have been following this for a while are familiar with.

Don’t get me wrong, there are still things that could go wrong, but I’m finally at the point where I don’t feel like the deadline I gave myself for this project is looming over my head menacingly. I’m looking forward to what should hopefully be several hours of staring at a computer screen and throwing things in place.

Hopefully next week I will have another update on this project or the other one I’ll be working on. Peace for now all.

~H

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June 26, 2019 / Heather

Camp NaNo – July 2019

I’ve known for a while what I was going to be working on for Camp NaNo in July.

And yes, the information will be on my Camp NaNo project page if it isn’t already.

So what will I be working on?

I’ll be aiming to finish writing poems for the poetry book I’ve been working on.

And maybe I’ll eventually have a cover for it too.. We’ll see. I still need to settle down on what title I want to use for the story. We’ll see…

In November and a little after that I went kind of crazy with making covers for stories I had already written and it was easy and a nice break from the crazy that was writing or editing, whatever I was doing that day (after finishing NaNo I may have gone back to some edits for another project. I can’t fully remember as I’ve slept since then…) and since I can do that from my phone it’s super easy.

By the end of July I’m going to have (at least) 227 poems that will be for the book. I’ve been trying to have as many details for the book sorted out as I can so when it comes down to crunch time I’m all set.

My original plan was to have 93 poems to write for July (3 a day), but at the rate I’ve been going some days I might not even have that many to write. If you think I’m slacking I’d love to see you write a poem a day for a week or two and then come back and see how “easy” it was. Even though I’ve been writing poetry for… Oof… 15+ years there are some days that I go to write poetry and just… Can’t.

There are also days I’ve sat to write and without thinking about it I’ve cranked out 10+ poems. So who knows how Camp is going to go. I’ve been keeping a good track of how many I’ve written, so I know what I’ve got and I’ve got all sorts of stats and spreadsheets of sorts and just… Math has seriously been involved in this process.

If you would have told me back in high school that math would be my friend one day I would have probably looked at you like you were crazy and then thought about it and gone “yeah, math will be involved”. But I didn’t thinkΒ enjoying math to this level would be in my life.

Happy Camping, folks!

~H

June 19, 2019 / Heather

ML: Year 2

If you’ve been following this blog for any time you’re likely aware I participate in a month of crazy in November called NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in which the goal is to write a whole story of no less than 50,000 words in the month of November (you can plot all you want before hand).

If you’ve been following me for around a year or so you might also be aware that last year I was ML (Municipal Liaison) for my local region. (This just means I was in charge of getting information out to WriMos and setting up events and such.) Last year I had a co-ML who wasn’t really around.

This year I’m going to be ML again for my region. And so far I don’t have a co-ML it appears. I’m excited to be a “returning” ML for my region. I already let some of my region people know via a chat we have on Slack and some of them have expressed joy with this. (At least… I hope it’s joy and not sarcasm.)

I’m hoping to do a better job as ML for the 2019 season than I feel I did for the 2018 season. And in my ML application I did mention that I feel I could have done better and if selected as ML for the 2019 year I was going to do better by my region.

Even before the applications went out for the 2019 MLs I was thinking of ideas and things to do to be better for the 2019 season. I figured the worst that could happen would be I’d send a message to whoever the ML or MLs were and give them information based on what I was thinking from having been an ML last year.

If I do end up having a co-ML for the 2019 season I’ll share that same information with him/her/them.

~H

June 12, 2019 / Heather

Bizarre Adventures

If he sees this title Vitca is going to get a laugh out of it. He knows what this post is about. He’s known what this post was going to be about since I decided I wanted to post about it.

And it’s all. His. Fault.

I’m not joking…

He got me watching a show called “Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure”. It all started because we were talking about the Manga, and then about the Anime. I’ve read what’s available for me to read through the library. Netflix and Hulu both have season 1 dubbed. Hulu has more seasons, but they’re only subbed at the moment.

Guys… Guys! If you’re looking for something action based, fun, and bizarre you need to check out this show.

Season 1 starts out where you meet Jonathan Joestar (Jojo 1) and Dio Brando. You get used to their adventures and really get to know the characters.

As the season develops you get really into the story and it pulls at your heart off and on and just… Diiiooooo! Ugh.

I’m so excited to get farther into the series though… Having read part of the manga means I’ve gotten to know other characters. There’s one that Vitca has been referring to as my “husbando”. Polnareff. I really like this character.

Peace for now all.

~H

June 5, 2019 / Heather

Working On The Book(s)

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This is currently me. Only without the sad expression. Instead, I’m extremely happy!

Why am I so happy right now? I’m back to working on the book(s)!

Yes, actual progress on the book(s)!

Just a few minutes ago I was crunching numbers. That’s been the biggest part of some of this, really. At least for the poetry book. That one actually requires quite a bit of number crunching.

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Thankfully, I’ve gotten MUCH better at my number crunching since I’ve been doing data entry for work.

I’ll be busting my butt after I finish getting this post ready for… well… posting.

Hoping it’ll be a really great night for creativity. Also hoping it’ll be a good night in general.

I’ve got more thoughts in regards to the book(s) I’ve been working on. My mind is kind of spinning right now because I’m so excited about the thought I just had. And I can’t wait to share that thought with at least one particular person tonight. (As in the night I’m writing this post because I’m actually scheduling this post for later. Ha!)

We’ve hit the storm season in my state. Over Memorial Day I was with Vitca and we had tornadoes nearby apparently. Growing up here I’m essentially unfazed by any of this. I like storms. Not to be confused with “I like tornadoes” because I don’t like those. I love the rain. I love good, hard storms. I love the sound of rain pouring down…

Okay, I think that’s enough on me ranting about how much I like storms.

Focusing on the book(s) more means focusing on reading less. Thankfully I’ve already read 99 books this year at the time of writing this. By the time this post goes live I’ll probably have read another book or two, if not three or four.

If you’re looking for something fun to watch, Aggretsuko is amazing. Or Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure. Vitca got me on Jojo and I got him into Aggretsuko.

That’s all for now folks. Peace.

~H

May 29, 2019 / Heather

Mini Vacation

Hey all.

By the time this post goes live I’ll be headed back from a mini vacation.

I took Friday and Tuesday off and have basically been spending the entire time with Vitca. It’s been a lot of fun, and neither of us wants to part. We’ve been around each other in person since Friday early evening. It’s Wednesday. It’s been an amazing time filled with gaming. 😁

Hope you’ve all had a wonderful week. I know mine’s been amazing.

Yeah, we’re dorks.

See you all next week!

~H

May 23, 2019 / Heather

Sorry All

Hey everyone. Sorry I kind of poofed after the last post. Last week just got away from me and this week…

This week I haven’t been feeling myself. It’s weird in a way. There’s something that’s going to happen and I’m trying to wrap my head around it and trying to stay calm about it but it’s causing a lot of nervousness for me. Nothing bad. All good. I promise.

It’s just got my mental state like…

So… Not fun. Doing better right now though.

So what’s happening?

This weekend Vitca is coming to stay for a night with my family. And for once, it’s kinda terrifying for me. The reasons why have nothing to do with him or my family, but my past entirely and I’m not about to get into that here and now.

In good news, I’m doing well on the poetry book project.

This is what it looks like when I make calculations. If you follow my Twitter or Instagram or Facebook author page you may have already seen this post. The breakdown?

227 poems will be in the poetry book.

24 are written in my notebook I’m currently using.

78 are written or typed elsewhere and are on a list for my reference and memory.

I plan to have 93 poems done for Camp in July which is 3 a day.

This means 32 poems that will need to be written otherwise.

Alternative… I might just write a ton before Camp and see how many I have left and make that the Camp goal. Who knows. 39 days to camp when I’m typing this at 1 in the morning.

I do have a title for the book. Not revealing that yet. 😁😁😁 I’m super happy with the title! Need to make the cover though. Also excited about that.

Not my usual picture style, but this is Vitca and myself. His cat was tickling me.

Peace for now everyone.

~H

May 8, 2019 / Heather

Ack!

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This was me. About an hour ago. When I realized I never drafted a post to go live today. So yeah… Writing right before posting for the win! x.x

*For an update about last week see the bottom of the post below my signature.*

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I’ve been kind of crazy lately trying to work on some projects and get things going. Some days I feel like the bitmoji above is more than a little accurate. I’ve been working more on the project I’m doing with a friend of mine and it’s coming along well now so things are getting easier on that front. Meaning I have to make something else harder. @_@ Don’t ask. I don’t know why I’m like this.

Things I’m working on: too many projects.

Things I’m going to cut back working on: Not a damn thing.

Advice I have for people wanting to tackle projects: Don’t do it the way I’m doing these current things.

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In all seriousness, I’ve been doing more work on a project I’ve had floating in my head for quite some time. A book of poetry. It’s something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time, but I’ve never really taken steps to well… Do it! I’m changing that now. Which is a big thing for me. Wish me luck.

~Heather/Razor/Shavor

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For those who really want an update about what happened last week…

Wednesday was the court date for the divorce. It took like 15 minutes. Judge asked a few questions, verified information, and granted the divorce. Few days later I got the official decree in the mail.

As I started in other posts I don’t want to say much about everything that happened directly. If you want to know, there’s a contact me page where you can find ways to reach me.

~H/R/S

April 24, 2019 / Heather

No Post Next Week

Hey everyone, I know I’ve missed several posts this year already, but there’s not going to be a post for May 1st. As far back as a little over halfway through March I’ve been distracted with something off and on.

For those who have been reading for a while Catfish and I have been going through a divorce process. Part of that process is going to require standing in front of a judge. That happens the day the next blog post would go live.

That’s really all the more I’m going to say on the matter in this post. I wanted to give you guys a heads up because I don’t like disappearing and it bothers me when I do, but when I can give notice that it’s going to be best for my mental health that I don’t post something then I’m going to give heads up about it. I apologize because I feel like I’m rambling about it now. Which feels incredibly weird.

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Peace for now everyone.

~Heather/Razor/Shavor

April 17, 2019 / Heather

April is National Poetry Month

For those who don’t know, April is National Poetry Month. Tomorrow, April 18th, is poem in your pocket day. And I don’t always carry around poetry with me, but at the same time I do because of how I keep my files I always have access to my own poetry and that of many other poets because I always try to have access to many things. Today, I figured I’d share one of my favorite poems.

The Road Not Taken – Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood and I —

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

If you’re interested in some other poets that I enjoy reading myself a few of the ones I’ve really enjoyed include:

R.H. Sin, Rupi Kaur, Poe, Amanda Lovelace, Courtney Peppernell, and Atticus.

Happy reading, happy writing.

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~Heather/Razor/Shavor